Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bookish (and not so bookish!) Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

1. Attempting to hard potty train my son this week. That sounds weird, but I don't know how else to describe it. My husband and I are a little more laid back. My daughter kind of potty trained herself when she was three. Very few accidents. (Like 3 or 4 TOTAL!). My son, however, is almost 5. It's been going better than I expected. Day 1 was ROUGH. Day 2 was better, but I had to spend all day watching him super closely because he couldn't tell when he had to go. Day 3, there was only one accident. Day 4... well, that remains to be seen. O_O

2. Finished my wreath. I half wonder if I shouldn't have added some pine needles and pine cones, but I'm happy with it.

I really need to get a good picture of it on the door.

3. My wedding anniversary is tomorrow. 12 years.

.~*Until next time. -Shannon

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Favorite .. Christmas Movie



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.


This week's topic: Christmas Movie 


Okay, it's kind of a top three thing. I do actually have more that I like, but these ones are my favorite. (I love Christmas movies!)

A Christmas Story... I expect this one will be up a lot.

Babes in Toyland is a more obscure one. I tend to associate this one more with summer because I went to my grandparents every year and we always watched this one at least once, but it is a Christmas movie! Unfortunately, this was a TV movie and was only released on VHS. There are a few decent versions up on youtube you can stream. There just isn't a huge demand for this one. It does feature a tween Drew Barrymore and pre-Bill and Ted Keanu Reeves, so it's worth a look if you haven't seen it.


Admittedly, Jingle All the Way is pretty terrible. It's a movie that only could have been made in the 90s and needs to remain there. This was the only Christmas movie we owned for YEARS. We didn't have a lot of tapes, so this one made it into the rotation and into my heart.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday




Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion created by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Book Disappointments of 2017



Tender Wings of Desire - Colonel Sanders

This book was really more of a joke, but I expected more.

I was hoping for something silly and tongue in cheek. Instead it was a very boring, bland, and run of the mill historical romance.



The Last Neanderthal - Claire Cameron

Don't get me wrong. I liked this one. (Review here)

Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to the hype surrounding it. The modern portions of the book feel really flat and didn't parallel in the way I believe they were intended.



The Tethered Mage - Melissa Caruso

Full disclosure, I have not finished this one. I am enjoying it, but it was not what I hoped.

The title and summary give the impression that this a character driven novel focusing on a complicated relationship. Instead it's more focused on the politics taking place in its world. I don't always mind that stuff, but I find it less interesting than exploring the relationship between the main character and the mage she has enslaved.

Monday, December 11, 2017

My (not so) Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella

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Summary (from amazon):
Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
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Edition Read: Local library via Overdrive

Where (else) to buy: kobo*, google play, amazon*, nook*

Thoughts:
Sophie Kinsella is hit or miss for me. I either love it or hate it.

And... I loved this one.

I wasn't sure what I was expecting walking into this one (especially considering the last three I've read), but it had the right balance of lightness and realism. It didn't feel like your average, everyday chick lit. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it was unexpected.)

Rest assured, you still get the same silliness with some eccentric characters and alliterative names Kinsella is known for. It's just more subdued.

Verdict:

Kinsella delivers her trademark fluffy, feel-good romp that digs a little deeper and feels fresh.

Quibbles:
I read the US version. They kept a lot of UK slang, but used the US "bangs" for her hair. It just seemed weird to keep most everything else, but somehow we needed "fringe" translated. ??!?
Dear editors ... It's 2017, UK shows are more popular over here than ever! Not to mention a little thing called.... THE INTERNET!! (I literally googled "what is a west country accent" because I wasn't sure what it was.) Please trust us to be smarter than you think.



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Friday, December 1, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Dec 1st - 7th



What is your favourite Christmas-themed read? Kristin @Lukten av Trykksverte
I don't have a specific "Christmas" read that I like. I want one, but I've never really found one.

However...
I do have some books I like to read in December!

    

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My Favorite .. Museum



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.


This week's topic: museum 

I can't think of a museum that I've actually been to. 


I did really want to go to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in DC, but it closed down a few years ago. :(